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NAM Official comments on fiscal commission report.

December 3, 2010

Commenting on National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform's final report, NAM's John Engler said, "The commission's report provides a good starting point for developing policies that will strengthen our economy and overall competitiveness." Engler also stressed need to address fundamental tax and entitlement reform without undermining U.S. competitiveness and economic growth. He also said manufacturers are ready to work with policymakers to enforce America's global competitiveness. Read More

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Symposium to address sustainable geotechnical construction.

December 3, 2010

Scheduled for Feb 2-4, 2011, International Symposium on Testing and Specification of Recycled Materials for Sustainable Geotechnical Construction will provide forum for exchange of ideas on current research nationally and internationally on use of industrial byproducts and other recycled materials in geotechnical construction. Both geoenvironmental and geomechanical issues will be covered as well as life cycle assessment, impacts on greenhouse gas emissions, and energy consumption. Read More

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FAA Raises Mexico's Safety Rating from Category 2 to 1.

December 3, 2010

Based on November review of Mexico's civil aviation authority, US Department of Transportation's FAA has deemed Mexico compliant with international safety standards set by International Civil Aviation Organization. Under leadership of Secretary Juan Molinar and Director General Hector Gonzalez Weeks, Mexico made significant progress and has been upgraded to Category 1. FAA will continue to provide technical assistance to support and maintain changes made to civil aviation authority. Read More

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Modified Bitumen Membrane Standard targets roof coatings.

December 3, 2010

ASTM International standard ASTM D7120, Guide for Evaluation and Preparation of Roof Membranes for Coating Application, provides how-to information to consultants and contractors for assessing condition of roof to be coated as well as recommendations on preparing roof for coating. As chair of several task groups within subcommittee responsible for ASTM D7120, Carter Slusher noted that its use will promote energy savings, environmental preservation, and sustainability. Read More

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NACD Annual Meeting to focus on core values for businesses.

December 3, 2010

NACD members will meet in La Quinta, CA, for association's 39th Annual Meeting, which focuses on NACD's strategic plan of: Advocacy, Responsible Distribution, and Member Value. Event will include review of mid-term elections by political experts Pat Buchanan and Mark Shields, and address of economy and markets by Alan Beaulieu. Dr. Herb Greenberg and Patrick Sweeny will give presentation, The Psychology of the Sports Champion, while Jay Rifenbary will talk about no excuse leadership. Read More

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AIM Board of Directors elects Chuck Evanhoe as Vice Chairman.

December 3, 2010

Board of Directors of AIM has announced the election of Chuck Evanhoe, President of Evanhoe & Associates, Inc., as Vice Chairman. Evanhoe has served on AIM Board as North America representative and is active member of AIM's ADC1 TAG and REG standards committees. He also served as chairman for 2010 AIM Expo. "Mr. Evanhoe is a proven leader within AIM and the perfect candidate to continue the revitalization of the AIM movement," said Dr. Hohberger, AIM board chairman. Read More

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IPC Conference addresses growth in printed electronics market.

December 3, 2010

To be held in Irvine, CA from January 18-19, 2011, IPC Conference on Printed Electronics: What Does It Mean for the Printed Circuit Board Industry? will provide board manufacturers and their suppliers with information on current opportunities and how to take advantage of impending changes. Attendees will also be able to participate in development of first printed electronics standard for PCB industry. Keynote address and multiple presentations will address diverse industry concerns. Read More

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ASTM Traffic Monitoring Standard covers truth-in-data.

December 2, 2010

Traffic monitoring is a means of counting and classifying vehicles and measuring vehicle flow characteristics, such as vehicle speed, lane occupancy, and other items typically used to portray traffic movement. In order for traffic monitoring data to be assessed properly, information on how data were collected, edited, summarized, and reported must be provided. This obligation for documenting data is covered by ASTM E2759, Practice for Highway Traffic Monitoring Truth-in-Data. Read More

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Paint Waste Disposal Standard helps artists, educators.

December 2, 2010

ASTM International standard ASTM D7355, Guide for Artists' Paint Waste Disposal in Smaller Commercial or Educational Settings, was developed in response to needs for better environmental practices for art studios. Through ASTM D7355, commercial artists and art teachers in small school systems would have way to deal with waste from artist paints in environmentally friendly manner. All interested parties are invited to participate in further standard's development. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers caulk and sealant burning characteristics.

December 2, 2010

Developed by Subcommittee E05.22 on Surface Burning, ASTM E2690, Practice for Specimen Preparation and Mounting of Caulks and Sealants to Assess Surface Burning Characteristics will primarily be used by fire test laboratories, caulk and sealant manufacturers, and code officials. ASTM E2690 resulted from ongoing effort to address materials that are not easily assessed using ASTM E84, Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials. Read More

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PTDA selects Ann Arnott for Executive Vice President.

December 2, 2010

PTDA Board of Directors unanimously selected Ann Arnott, currently PTDA's VP of programs and services, to succeed Mary Sue Lyon as next Executive Vice President of PTDA, effective Jan 1, 2011. Arnott is integral in managing development and execution of PTDA's strategic plan through association's volunteer committees, task forces, and work groups. She also provides oversight for association's events, including the Industry Summit, Canadian Conference, and Leadership Development Conference. Read More

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EPA Administrator and NAS President announce NRC study.

December 2, 2010

At event recognizing EPA's 40th anniversary, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and National Academy of Sciences President Ralph Cicerone announced that EPA has commissioned National Research Council study that will help agency build upon its expertise in protecting human health and the environment. Agency has asked NRC to develop the Green Book, a groundbreaking effort to incorporate sustainability into the way the agency approaches environmental protection. Read More

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North American Electroindustry Business Conditions improve in November.

December 2, 2010

Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American business conditions climbed 14.5 points in November, rising to 62.5 from 48 one month ago. Meanwhile, EBCI for North American conditions 6 months in the future rose for third month in a row. Index reached 75, its highest mark since May 2010, and is up a cumulative 21 points since August 2010. According to index, 54% of panelists expect to see better conditions by May 2011, compared to only 4% expecting worse conditions. Read More

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Portable Traffic Signal Specification is subject of NEMA committee.

December 2, 2010

NEMA 3-TS Transportation Section formed technical committee that will plan and draft performance standard specification for portable traffic signal systems. NEMA TS 5 will adapt specifications in NEMA TS 2 Traffic Controller Assemblies with NTCIP Requirements and NEMA TS 4 Hardware Standards for DMS with NTCIP Requirements. Common applications include one-lane work zones where traffic may flow only in one direction at any given time. Read More

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IPC Webinar to address soldering and assembly defects.

December 2, 2010

IPC and U.K. National Physical Laboratory have teamed up to sponsor free webinar on Jan 27, 2011. During webinar, Bob Willis, NPL process defects database consultant, will share common problems, solutions, and ways to investigate root cause of defects. Webinar will cover most frequent defect types; how to monitor process defect levels, record defects for investigation, and coordinate process parameters; and most common wave, selective, and reflow soldering defects. Read More

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User's Manual helps meet requirements of Green Standard.

December 2, 2010

Published by ASHRAE, IES, and USGBC, Standard 189.1-2009, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings provides green building foundation for those who strive to design, build, and operate green buildings. User's Manual is now available to provide explanation of standard's requirements and examples of its application. It contains sample calculations, forms to demonstrate compliance, and references to helpful resources and websites. Read More

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NTSB publishes agenda for child passenger safety forum.

December 2, 2010

Scheduled for Dec. 9, 2010, Child Passenger Safety in the Air and in Automobiles forum will be chaired by NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman. Three panels will address subjects such as safety risks to children when flying in airplanes or riding in automobiles; best practices for protecting children when traveling; child seat, seat belt, and vehicle design improvements; and identification of effective interventions for increasing use of child seats and seat belts. Read More

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Social Responsibility Guidance cannot be used as certification standard.

December 1, 2010

ISO and International Accreditation Forum (IAF) stated that ISO 26000 is not able to be and may not be used for certification. Additionally, both organizations indicated they would take action against claims of certification to said standard. ISO 26000 provides guidance on what social responsibility is and how organizations can operate in socially responsible manner. However, it is not management system standard and does not contain requirements for audits or certifications. Read More

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Demand for Lighting Equipment rises slightly during 2010 Q3.

December 1, 2010

NEMA's Lighting Systems Index (LSI) ticked 0.9% higher on quarter-to-quarter basis during 2010 Q3 and showed 5.6% gain on year-over-year basis. Although LSI has trended higher since hitting cyclical and all-time low during 2009 Q2, aggregate lighting equipment demand remains low. Regarding underlying mix of lighting systems products, growth was seen across all 5 groups. However, only fluorescent ballast shipments registered substantial increase in demand from one year ago. Read More

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ISO Standards announced for safety-related parts of control systems.

December 1, 2010

ASABE announces 4 international standards that provide guidelines for design and assessment of safety-related electrical and electronic systems on tractors used in agriculture and forestry. ISO 25119 series adopts risk-based design approach while providing means of specifying performance levels for safety-related functions. Intended to reduce specific risks under all operating conditions, standards provide requirements for entire lifecycle of control system, from design through decommissioning. Read More